Pennsylvania car accidents are all too common these days. Less common, however, are accidents involving a more antiquated form of transportation: the horse-and-buggy. Because buggies lack the safety features of modern vehicles, its passengers are at a much greater risk of injury when accidents occur. When drivers and passengers of a horse-and-buggy are victims of car accidents, the results can be devastating.
Earlier this month, an accident occurred in Berks County. The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday, when a vehicle attempted to pass a horse-and-buggy from behind. The vehicle driver supposedly misjudged the amount of space necessary to safely pass, clipping the buggy’s wheel. In doing so, the car caused the buggy to top on its side.
Two passengers were ejected from the buggy upon impact. Shortly after, the passengers were transported to an area medical center for treatment. Supposedly, the injuries suffered were not life-threatening. Their current condition is unknown.
Any time a pedestrian or driver is injured by another driver’s negligent behavior in Pennsylvania, the victim has the right to file a personal injury claim in a court. Before doing so, the victim may choose to seek the legal counsel with experience in handling personal injury litigation. An attorney can help with the process of submitting a claim, which, if successfully navigated, sometimes results in the victim acquiring monetary compensation for medical bills, loss of work and emotional damage. Car accidents can be physically and emotionally trying for all parties involved, but they do not have to be financially ruinous to the victims.
Source: wfmz.com, “Vehicle, horse-and-buggy crash near Kutztown“, Sept. 17, 2015